Thu Nguyen

Thu Nguyen

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Conflict Resolution

Deciding what to study was easy, says Thu Nguyen who is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Conflict Resolution.

“After I graduated from high school, I decided to study a Bachelor of Arts because I knew that it will give me a better head-start for my future career in terms of being able to develop my critical thinking skills and having a greater understanding of the criminal justice system in New Zealand.

“Once I graduate, I’d like to work for the New Zealand Police as an ethnic liaison officer with the purpose of building a strong partnership between the Vietnamese community in New Zealand and the police.”

Creating great graduates
She would highly recommend AUT’s Bachelor of Arts, says Thu whose studies are supported by a Woolf Fisher First-in-Family Scholarship.

“The degree offers a wide range of papers that will help students develop different skills and get them prepared for the real world. I’ve enjoyed the interactive learning environment we have in lectures and tutorials. Discussions are always welcome, which enables us to see a situation from different perspectives.

“I also like that the Bachelor of Arts includes workplace experience where students can apply the concepts and theories that they’ve learnt in a workplace related to their degree. I think this is a great opportunity to get an idea of what it’s like to work in an organisation that could potentially be my future career.”

AUT pays attention to student feedback, she says.

“One of the many things AUT values is student feedback on the quality of the teaching and whether or not the assignments help students to understand the topic. Based on this feedback, the lecturers aim to create a programme and an environment that will suit students and bring out their potential.”

Advice for other students
Now in the final year of her degree, Thu has some great advice for other students.

“Be yourself – don't compare yourself to others and don't feel disheartened because someone is better or faster; everyone works at a different pace. Work at your own pace, you’ll soon find out that you’re your own biggest competitor.”

She has appreciated how the academic staff support students throughout their studies and help them develop the confidence to succeed.

“As I’m not confident with public speaking, the biggest challenge I’ve faced at AUT would have to be group presentations. However, due to the feedback the lecturers and tutors have given us, I was able to feel a lot more confident after every presentation.”